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Poster: bookends Date: Jul 7, 2010 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum ugliness

WRT the Grateful Dead in the early 90's (lest we confuse it with THE DEAD of later time:

for sake of discussion, think back to 3 other (non-dead)concerts that you attended in the early 90's. How did the quality of music compare?

Concert "experience" aside - what else was out there in the early 90s? (yes, a lot) - but i think it would be worthwhile to hear how the folks in this realm recall those (not so long ago) days.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 7, 2010 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum ugliness

Honestly, I saw a lot of concerts that were better, musically, than almost all of the GD shows I saw in the 90's. Most of them were disappointments and, as you implied, I was there mainly for the scene and the friends. Did I have a good time? For the most part, yes, but I stopped traveling long distances and mainly saw them in my immediate area. I also almost never listen to any of those shows, there is so much better stuff out there. I much prefered Jerry's side projects to the Grateful Dead in the 90's. In a lot of ways, while there were moments in some GD shows, it just seemed to me that he was going through the motions and mailing it in most of the time, which caused the rest of the band to try to pick up the slack, which didn't really work for me.

Here's a short list off the top of my head.

Hot Tuna/Jorma
Jerry Garcia Band
Little Feat
David Bromberg
Lucky Dube
David Grisman
Radiators
Buddy Guy
Santana
Israel Vibration
Nevilles